A message of Love & Hope

A video message from me to all of you.

Myself, Lauren and my brother Paul visited the wondrous, beautiful and spectacularly cold (almost zero degrees) beaches of Falmouth, Mass. A long planned trip to Boston and The Cape to meet my new friends and to expand my ALS Warrior family and add some of the worlds best and brightest to my ever-growing medical care team.

In the coming days I will share all of my experiences of compassion, grace & hope. Until then here’s a short Vlog post filmed at the very end of our adventure. You will hear the blistering wind beside my happy voice and the music and video of James Taylor & Carly Simon from the 70’s on Martha’s Vineyard.

Michael Franti Set Full Video – Rock For Rich

This video is from the inaugural Rock for Rich event benefiting Do It For The Love and ALSA CT.

Oct.11, 2018 – Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY

Michael Franti w/ Victoria Canal & Carl Young

Welcome Speech & Introduction…

Set list:
Nobody Cries Alone
Stay Human
Say Hey I Love You

Thanks to everyone for supporting Rock For Rich. This was one of the best nights of my life. Having so many friends and family with me celebrating life through the healing power of live music! This was a culmination of an idea I had about a year ago, and the inaugural event exceeded my wildest dreams in so many ways.

Rock for Rich was a huge success. It can’t be done without us all working together. Music is healing, and as Michael Franti said ..and sang on the Garcia’s stage “Nobody Cries Alone!”
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Rock for Rich – What you need to know!

As we’re now just a few days away from hosting my first fundraising event, everything seems to be coming together perfectly. Who knew these things would be this much work? It certainly has been more than just a learning experience, it’s been truly a labor of love. I’m so humbled and overflowing with gratitude for all the people from the many different facets of my life dating back to when I was young child.  You have contacted me directly, purchased tickets for the event, and donated to help my cause to battle ALS. It’s times like this that I realize I have accumulated such dear friends, wonderful life long acquaintances, and family that has always been there for me. Rock for Rich has become the vehicle from which I will continue to grow my efforts in spreading ALS awareness, partnering with the best charitable organizations, and hosting fun musical events to reunite us all and to celebrate life.

With a few days to go, here are a few things to know about the event.

  • Don’t be late, as I’m proud to share with you that Michael Franti will be attending our event at 6:00! 🎸I’ve been trying to keep this a secret, so act surprised!  😉

  • Tickets for the pre party only at Garcias (5:30-7:30) will be available at the door for $60 if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet.  But we would like to know if you’re coming to get a head-count.

  • Remember to enter through the Garcia’s door, not the main theatre entrance.  Garcia’s entrance is next door to the main theatre.

  • We will be holding a silent auction as well as a raffle.  There are silent auction items as well as the list of incredible raffle items already up on the Rock for Rich website .  Online auction bids will end by midnight Wed 10/10.  Bidding will continue at the party until 7pm, so we have time to announce the winners before 7:30.  Also, we have wonderful raffle items, and raffle tickets are $10 each / 3 for $25…so please remember to bring cash!

  • We will be providing food, kindly donated by Libby Cooke Catering, Corbo’s Deli, and Chicken Joes!  Garcia’s has a cash bar.

  • Rock for Rich is NOT a 501c3 yet, so please be advised that ticket sales and any cash donations (ie, raffle) cannot be claimed as a charitable deduction.  However, any credit card donations that go directly to either the ALS Association or Do It For The Love, can be claimed as a charitable donation.  Rock for Rich hopes to be a 501c3 by our next event!

This is going to be EPIC!  I can’t wait to see you all.  If you have any questions, all info is at Rock for Rich.com.

All my love and gratitude, Rich

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New Rock for Rich website is up and running!

https://rockforrich.com

 

Okay, my family and friends… here’s the deal:

Thursday, October 11 is the inaugural Rock for Rich event!

We have rented out Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre from 5:30pm to 7:30pm before the Michael Franti & Spearhead concert for an EPIC pre-show fundraiser.

Here are the instructions to get your tickets to the event:

**IMPORTANT: Don’t buy basic GA tickets, you need to get to the Rock for Rich tickets by using promo code (rockforrich) at the bottom of the Ticketfly page

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If you want to come to the fundraiser party ONLY from 5:30-7:30, and not stay for the Michael Franti concert,  purchase tickets with the link below to use PayPal or credit/debit cards:Pre show party only

If you can’t make it at all, please consider making a donation directly to either or both of these wonderful foundations through the donation links below. These donations will get added to our Rock for Rich fundraiser goal.


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Rock For Rich t-shirts will be available at the party, or on my website very soon.

 

 

Help me to try and make a difference in this world as an advocate and an activist. I came up with the idea of Rock for Rich to help people with ALS, and others with life-threatening illnesses, by coming together with music as the backdrop to raise funds and help increase the much-needed awareness for the ALS community.

Let’s help ALS patients and their families directly and donate to research for a cure. A cure will come, I know it will. It may not be in my lifetime, but I’m here to help the people that come after me and to get something accomplished while I can help.

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Garcia’s at the Cap

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Rock For Rich announcement …

Okay, my family and friends – please save the evening of October 11 for the inaugural Rock for Rich event! I cannot be more excited with what we have planned!  As you know, live music has always been in my DNA, it helps to heal my soul and to dig deep for hope. 

So… here I am, starting to get my message out, and trying to make a difference in this world as an advocate and an activist. I came up with the idea of Rock for Rich to help people with ALS, and others with life-threatening illnesses, by coming together with music as the backdrop to raise funds and help increase the much-needed awareness for the ALS community. 

I am not asking for personal donations, I am asking for your help to support organizations that use donations to help ALS patients and their families directly, and to donate to research for a cure. A cure will come, I know it will. It may not be in my lifetime, but I’m here to help the people that come after me and to get something accomplished while I can help.

So… here’s the fun part!

I’m throwing a private pre-show bash on Oct 11 at Garcia’s in the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester New York.  More info to come (hopefully this weekend) on all the logistics and where to purchase tickets.  In the meantime, please save the date … I would really love to see all of you that can make it to my first Rock for Rich event!

***Update to this message: please don’t purchase any tix yet for the Franti concert. We will be selling tix for both the concert and the Rock for Rich pre party event. They will be available next week. Hold tight I promise they’ll be plenty tickets released through Rock for Rich.

Here’s a music video to help entice you for what’s to come … more info soon, I promise! ~Rich

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A true Warrior, never to be forgotten

This past week a very special friend of mine lost her epic battle to a terminal disease. You see… my friend Heather and I had recently established a very special connection over the past couple of years in that we had a common bond in fighting our fiercest to live our lives to the fullest and never ever give up. Heather lost her battle to cancer last week. Leaving behind a wonderful family, husband and two precious girls.

30709330_10156426908668573_8887517959518420992_oI wanted to share with you the post I left on her page because it really expresses my thoughts and feelings about what it means to connect with other people while you struggle within your own battles. Whatever they are.

Today we mourn the Queen of soul. To her family, friends and so many people… Heather was a Queen of hope.

Rich Lieberman’s post in memory of  Heather Sabella.
August 12 at 1:51 PM · Facebook

Heather was a light that shined so brightly, and will always be an inspiration to me as I continue to fight my battle to stay alive against ALS. The last time we spoke and I had the chance to give her a huge hug, we looked into each others eyes and promised to each other we were going to keep fighting until there was no fight left in us.

Early on while I was fighting my own battle privately with my family, it was hard to share my story with friends and acquaintances far and wide. It was Heather’s courage and honesty in sharing her own battle with the rest of us, that helped me to gain the strength to finally come out and share my life-threatening illness. She explained how much relief and strength it could provide and I thanked her so much for such great advice. Our messages to each other when one of us posted something were truly heartwarming and very special.

The day she passed I woke up feeling a sense of relief somehow. I started to write in my blog and share how lucky I was to be surrounded by such amazing family and friends. Before I had a chance to post it, I received a text message that she had passed peacefully that day. I want to believe that my peaceful feeling was a sense that she was finally free from the pain of her struggle.

That very night I went to see Band of Horses at the Capitol Theatre. Some years ago, I saw her and Bill together at the Band of Horses show at the Cap. It was before all of our troubles began and when things were right in this world. We all danced and enjoyed the music, for it was music that was our connection from the beginning. Was this just a coincidence? I think not, I know not. I decided to go to the show in her honor, and say a prayer for her and her family, and to remember the times when we were both healthy. I now go to shows in my power wheelchair as a quadriplegic.

Heather was not a quitter, I looked to her for strength and I still do. A wonderful person, friend, mother and wife. My heart goes out to Bill Ogg and the kids. She will always be with you. The universe has lost one of the really good ones.

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Happy 5th Birthday Do it for the Love!

Changing lives through the power of music is a critical piece of their mission and with your help, they can reach their goal of raising $25,000 during the month of August. If you believe in the power of music and would like to make a direct impact on the life of someone faced with health challenges, click the link and make a donation of $5 in honor of our 5th year

Love and happiness… a photo album Vlog

Been going through lots of old pictures these days. It’s fun putting some old photos in new digital albums. I have so many great pictures and memories

I haven’t put up anything new here on my blog lately… so I a put together a video while I was going through my photos. One of my favorite Beck songs is the video soundtrack.

Why Blog now?

Once I finally set out to publish this blog, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to accomplish by opening myself up in this format. These were basically my goals…

  • Communicate to friends and family, stay connected
  • Help others embrace the brighter side of their troubles. Show that it’s ok to be vulnerable 
  • Document my journey, and having my writings about my experiences on record
  • Revisit special memories…. share some cool stories
  • Celebrate life. There’s a whole lot of awesomeness to be had
  • Share, discuss and celebrate live music! (because that’s my jam)

So I will continue to use this space to share my unfiltered experiences and thoughts. And not just the sad stuff, but all the great stuff. I’m grateful that you have taken any time to read my ramblings or look at my photos or check out whatever music I share..

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This coming Saturday night I’ll be heading over the the Capitol Theatre to see one of the most soulful artists I know. One of the coolest dudes I’ve ever met. If you’re going the Cap on Saturday to see JJ Grey, stop over to say hey! I’ll be parked in my normal spot in the ADA section. Soaking up some music for my soul!


Some old photos w/ JJ Grey…

JJGrey & Mofro – Langerado Music Festival, Sunrise FL – 03.13.2005
Mountain Jam Festival, Hunter Mountain – 08.31.2008
Highline Ballroom, NYC-  09.28.2007